BMO Mentorship Program

Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business (CCAL)

BMO Mentorship Program

The BMO Mentorship Program at the Haskayne School of Business gives students the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals through six one-on-one meetings between September and April. Students are provided with self-assessments and required orientation in advance of program launch so that they are equipped to think about their goals and come to meetings with their mentor well prepared. The program hosts events through the year offered jointly to mentors and mentees as well as events that include the greater community. A research project runs alongside the program, providing recommendations on best practices in many areas of the program.

As the value of mentorship grows more and more evident in today’s business environment, BMO Financial Group expressed their support of mentoring relationships, through a generous gift of $1.25 million in 2018. The program, now officially named the BMO Mentorship Program at the Haskayne School of Business, will continue to provide students the resources and opportunities needed to help facilitate personal and professional success, as well as help to prepare for their transition from students to becoming the next generation of leaders in business.

In 2017, the Program celebrated 15 years of mentorship at the Haskayne School of Business, now operated by the Canadian Centre for Advanced Leadership in Business. The Program continues to foster the leadership qualities needed for students to truly excel in their chosen career paths.

Become a Mentee

Mentoring can be a crucial tool to help you grow as a business professional and transition from university life to the business world. A mentorship relationship provides you with an invaluable opportunity to work closely with a person already working in your future field, possibly increasing your career opportunities and accelerating your personal development. Your mentor can act as sounding board, provide impartial advice, share career experiences and help build your professional network.

Requirements

A successful mentorship relationship is dependent on the amount of time and effort that a mentor and mentee put into creating a great experience. Mentees are expected to meet with their mentors at least six times throughout the academic year (September – April). Mentees are the driver of the relationship; they are expected to plan and organize meeting dates with their mentors. Six meetings is only a minimum requirement; we encourage additional touch-in with your mentors. Your mentorship meetings can include:

  • Lunch meetings
  • Attending a Haskayne School of Business speaker series
  • Workplace visits
  • Phone calls/video conferencing
  • Job shadowing

Please note, registering for the program is not a guarantee that you will be matched with a mentor.

Applications are currently closed for MBA, BComm, SEDV  and Master of Management students for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Any questions? Please contact Shelly Kirkland at mentorship@haskayne.ucalgary.ca.

Become a Mentor

Becoming a mentor is about helping the next generation of business professionals prepare for the transition from university to the business world. At the same time, you will develop your own skills to help you become a better manager and leader.

As a Haskayne mentor, you will have access to mentor-only events, networking seminars, and other Haskayne School of Business functions.

Tips and perspectives of CCAL BMO Mentors

Requirements

A successful mentorship relationship is dependent on the amount of time and effort that a mentor and mentee put into creating a great experience. Mentors are expected to meet with their mentees at least six times throughout the academic year (September – April). Of course this is only a minimum requirement; we encourage additional touch-in with your mentees. Your mentorship meetings can include:

  • Lunch meetings
  • Speaker seminars
  • Workplace visits
  • Phone calls/video conferencing
  • Job shadowing

We hope to partner students with professionals who can offer advice and guidance as our students prepare to transition from university to the business world. As such, mentors should hold an undergraduate degree and have been working professionally for at least five years.